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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

Chapter IX

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1And when they had gone away, the night fell, and with it came the chariot 1 Reading τὸ ἅϱμα for μετὰ καί. of the moon, together with the stars. 2And I, Baruch, said, My lord, show me this also, I beg you, how it goes out, where it goes from, and in what form it moves along. 3And the angel said, Wait, and you shall see this also shortly. And on the next day I saw it in the form of a woman, sitting in a wheeled chariot. And in front of it were oxen, and there were lambs in the chariot, and a multitude of angels likewise. 4And I said, What are the oxen and the lambs, my lord? 5And he said to me, They also are angels. And again I asked, Why is it that at one time it waxes, but at another wanes? 6〈And he said to me,〉 Listen, Baruch, What you are looking at now was intended by God to be the most beautiful of all the things he made. 2 Lit. ‘this (fem.) which you are looking at was written by God beautiful as no other (fem.)’. 7And when the first Adam sinned, it was near Sammael when he took the serpent as a garment. And it did not hide itself away; and God was angry with it and punished it, and shortened its days. 8And I said, And how is it that it does not shine always, but only in the night? And the angel said, Listen: as courtiers cannot speak freely in the presence of a king, so the moon and the stars cannot shine in the presence of the sun; for the stars are always suspended in their places, but they are overpowered 3 Lit. ‘dispersed’. by the light of the sun, and the moon, although it is not injured, is worn out by the sun's heat.

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1 Reading τὸ ἅϱμα for μετὰ καί.

2 Lit. ‘this (fem.) which you are looking at was written by God beautiful as no other (fem.)’.

3 Lit. ‘dispersed’.

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